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HYMNS

 APOLYTIKION

FOR ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

7th JANUARY/29th AUGUST

 

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Tone 2

        Μνήμη δικαίου μετ' εγκωμίων

             From The Festal Menaion (slightly altered)  

The memory of the just is praised,

But thou art well pleased, O Forerunner with the testimony of the Lord,

For thou hast verily been shown forth as more honoured than the prophets,

Since thou wast counted worthy to baptize in the stream Him whom they foretold.

Therefore having mightily contended and suffered for the truth,

With joy thou hast preached also to those in Hades,

Of Godís manifestation in the flesh,

Who takes away the sin of the world,

And grants unto us great mercy.